Bring the zoo right to your front door with camZOO

By Alicia Erlich on 15 Dec 2013 02:19 pm
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When not bringing us words of wisdom with his Weekend Coder series, our own Brian Scheirer found the time to put together an entertaining application for adults, kids, and animals lovers alike. The result of his efforts is camZOO, a virtual zoo that allows users to view webcams from zoos from around the world right from your BlackBerry device. No matter the habitat or location, it's as easy as tapping on the animal you wish to see and loading the video. 

As the name implies, it provides access to the publicly available zoo camera live feeds. While viewing times vary due to zoo hours (i.e. closed or maintenance), time zone, or health of the animal, it is interesting to see them in their habitat. As someone who spent weeks fawning over the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam I can honestly say I've been spending more than a couple times a day taking a quick peak at them.

It not only provides access to the webcams for each of these beautiful creatures but a description of the feed and habitat and general information on the animals' themselves. Fun and educational, it works well and a portion of all sales will be donated to the zoos where these webcams originate.

Please note that for the best viewing experience while streaming, you should connect your device to Wi-Fi. As something of a side note, you will be interested to know that the only way to view the baby panda at the Smithsonian Zoo is from this application. This is because the public debut isn't until sometime in January.

Feeds included in camZOO 

  • Eagle nest
  • Fish reef
  • Jaguar
  • Lion
  • Panda bear (2x)
  • Penguin (3x)
  • Polar bear
  • Shark tank
  • Tiger

camZOO of course is a native application. As such it runs smooth and offers a unique experience for anyone who wishes to observe these different species at any point of the day you have some free time. My favorite feed has to be the Shark Tank one. Who needs to wait for shark week when you can experience this whenever the feed is available on your device? If you enjoy watching these animals go about their day whether it be glimpsing the rich and vibrant underwater life of the coral reef or the snowy habitat of a Jaguar, be sure to give this a try for $.99 for all BlackBerry 10 devices. You never know what may happen. 

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Topics: BlackBerry Apps

32 comments

Brian Persaud

Nice app. Nice to have it initially

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jordandrews90

Great idea for an App Brian! Very creative.

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slagman5

Looks nice. Any possibility that this will get expanded in the future with more animals or maybe a selection of multiple webcams for each animal??

Brian Scheirer

A few have multiple cameras (panda, penguin, and jaguar). I definitely plan on adding more, first wanted to see if this many would be popular.

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slagman5

Cool, good to hear. The more the merrier. :-P

I'll buy this. Always had an interest in animals.

Focus more on predatory animals too, they are definitely more interesting. :-)

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BBjer

Sweet idea. Hope his next one is from an aquarium if some sort. Would be nice to look at while the z10 is.connected to the TV.

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3_M4N

^^This^^

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Brian Scheirer

Two of the cameras are in aquariums. One is the black tip reef shark and the other is a natural coral reef with various tropical fish.

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bspence87

Wow, impressive. Can't wait to get it!

TranceRomance

Wow! I'm kinda impressed.

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3_M4N

I absolutely love this idea. Downloading now.

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Maal628

Pretty neat app

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adamsdar

Great idea. I'll support this dev for sure

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gridlonk12

Paying to watch webcams? Who green lights apps like this? Ludicrous.

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Brian Scheirer

Yes the feeds are publicly available, but you'd have to go to 10 sites to find all of these. Also I have included information about each exhibit and general info about that species. Finally, a portion of all the sales will be donated to the zoos to support their wildlife conservation efforts.

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slagman5

Um, you realize that the majority of apps across all platforms do functions you technically can do without them, but they still exist because (sometimes) they are more convenient than going to the web pages...

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KermEd

Aww and what have you contributed to society?

Oh, a couple of comments on a website. I see... Thank you for that.

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bspence87

Too bad you can't "like" comments.

I'll give you a +1 instead :)

slagman5

LOL, yep, pretty much. All some people know how to do is complain.

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F1 JV

Just read the review...snowy habitat of a Jaguar? I'll have to read up a bit more on Jaguars.

On a trip to Guatemala, there were Jaguar crossing signs at Tikal...seeing that ancient Mayan city and its pyramids was very cool.

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F1 JV

Jaguar cam in Milwaukee Zoo...explains snowy habitat.

The Milwaukee Zoo is one of the best in the world. Many of the environments of the animals are set up as predator/prey...where natural predators are set next to their natural prey(and the rolling hills and landscaping blur the division between the areas).

It must be very frustrating for the predators and very unnerving for the prey.

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FrankDLR1972

This is different. Cool.

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gbell11

Love a gorilla or orangutan too. They are always interesting to watch.

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glrobita

I really like the concept.

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TimeLikeInfinity

Love this, Defo lots of fun for my little relatives over the Christmas hols. Evening here in the UK is daytime in the US zoos !!

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jpb39

Maybe there could be a poll to indicate the level of interest in different species. I'll get the app in any case, but a pygmy hippo cam would be particularly awesome.

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DJ Reyes

Thanks Brian. Find myself checking the webcams tonight as I can't sleep. Such a neat idea

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00stryder

Great idea Brian! Good job on the app, gonna bookmark it for future purchase.

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tmbulldog

Is it me or is the video link to YouTube not a supported video format? Tried to view with my z10 and says unsupported format. I'd like to check out the video be for I pay for the app even if it's only a dollar.

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kdna

You should charge at least $4.99 Brian.